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<p>Sun Devil Mat Notes & Statistics (pdf)</p>
<p><strong>TEMPE</strong> - The No. 25 Arizona State University wrestling team will trek to the East Coast this weekend to the Hampton Coliseum in Hampton, Va., to compete in the 31st Virginia Duals on Friday and Saturday. In their ninth appearance in the event, the Sun Devils (3-2, 1-0 Pac-10) are seeded fifth in the team bracket and will open with the Mocs of Chattanooga (5-6, 0-0 SoCon) at 9 a.m. ET on Friday. Their second dual will be against either No. 23 Kent State or Rider with the winner of the two duals meeting in the quarterfinals and the losers meeting in the consolation first round of the double-elimination event.</p>
<p><strong>OPENING WHISTLE</strong><br/>? ASU is currently ranked No. 25 (NWCA/USA Today Coaches Poll)<br/>? Robles (#3) and Jenkins (#4) remained in the national Top 5 this week<br/>? 7 teams receiving votes in the NWCA poll will be in the Virginia Duals<br/>? ASU is making its 8th appearance all-time at the Virginia Duals<br/>? Sun Devils are seeded fifth in Virginia and open with Chattanooga<br/>? UTC is 1-of-5 teams in the Duals that ASU has never faced before<br/>? ASU has finished in the Top 3 in Virginia four times (2nd 3x and 3rd once)<br/>? ASU and Wyoming are the only two non-Eastern teams in the field<br/>? Robles remained undefeated with an 11-0 major win vs. Oklahoma State<br/>? Robles now tops in ASU history in bonus-point wins with 74</p>
<p><strong>IN THE RANKINGS - TEAM</strong><br/>The Sun Devils remained in the Top 25 this week in the NWCA/USA Today Coaches Top 25 Poll, holding steady at No. 25. Cornell remained the top-ranked team in the nation while fellow Pac-10 team Boise State (#6) and Oregon State (#11) are the lone conference schools ranked ahead of the Sun Devils.</p>
<p><strong>STRONG SCHEDULE</strong><br/>Looking at the NWCA/USA Today Coaches Poll, six of Arizona State?s opponents are currently ranked in the Top 25. Overall, ASU?s schedule includes duals with No. 2 Oklahoma State (L, 40-4), No. 8 Oklahoma (L, 32-7), No. 11 Oregon State, No. 14 Iowa State, No. 16 Nebraska and No. 22 American. ASU could another ranked foe or two this weekend as it could meet No. 23 Kent State in the second round (if both win Friday morning).</p>
<p><strong>IN THE RANKINGS - INDIVIDUAL</strong><br/>According to Amateur Wrestling News, two Sun Devils remained ranked in the national Top 20 this week (January 4), including Anthony Robles, who moved up one spot to No. 2 at 125. The other ranked Sun Devil this week is Bubba Jenkins, who ranks fourth at 157 pounds heading into competition in his hometown area. In other rankings, Wrestling Report and D1CollegeWrestling.com both have Eric Starks at No. 24 (174) and Jake Meredith at No. 21 (184) while Levi Cooper is No. 29 and No. 24, respectively, at heavyweight.</p>
<p><strong>WATCH IT LIVE!</strong><br/>The 31st Virginia Duals will be broadcasted live on the web this weekend with all matches being able to be viewed on TheMat.com web site: http://www.themat.com/webcasts/2011_virginiaduals.html.</p>
<p><strong>IN THE FIELD - NEED NEW NATIONAL RANKINGS</strong><br/>The 31st Virginia Duals will consist of 16 teams in the National College Division where the Sun Devils are the No. 5 seed. The tournament seeds include No. 1 Penn State (nationally ranked No. 2), No. 2 Lehigh (No. 9), No. 3 Michigan (No. 15), No. 4 Kent State (No. 23), No. 5 ASU (No. 24), No. 6 Virginia, No. 7 Wyoming and No. 8 Edinboro. The remaining teams in the field include VMI, UNC Greensboro, Liberty, Rider, Chattanooga, Buffalo, Bucknell and Old Dominion.</p>
<p><strong>NEW TO THE LIST?</strong><br/>Of the 15 other teams in the Virginia Duals field, ASU has wrestled 10 of those teams, including Wyoming, who the Sun Devils hold a 10-7-0 advantage over in the all-time series. In its opening dual on Friday, ASU will face one of those five teams it has never faced as it takes on Chattanooga. The remaining four teams are Kent State (could meet in the second round if both win or both lose their openers); UNC Greensboro, Buffalo and Old Dominion.</p>
<p><strong>GOING THE DISTANCE</strong><br/>Of the 16 teams in the field, only two will have a long trip to get to Hampton, Va., as Arizona State will travel 2,014 miles between Tempe and Hampton while Wyoming will venture 1,586 miles to reach the tournament. The next team on the long distance list is Michigan at 529 miles between Ann Arbor and Hampton.</p>
<p><strong>EVENT HISTORY: VIRGINIA DUALS</strong><br/>Arizona State has competed in the Virginia Duals eight times prior to this year and has placed in the Top 8 five times, including three times as the tournament runner-up, third place once and seventh place once. The Sun Devils went 2-2 in each of their last two Duals appearances (2007, 2004) after taking third in 1997. After placing seventh in 1987, the Sun Devils took second place in 1988, 1989 and 1990 before not placing in 1991 (see the final page of this release for ASU?s all-time results at the Virginia Duals).</p>
<p><strong>SCOUTING: CHATTANOOGA</strong><br/>The Mocs enter the Virginia Duals with a 5-6 overall record (0-0 in the Southern Conference) following a 20-18 win at Ohio on Monday night. Coach Heath Eslinger?s squad is led by senior Cody Cleveland, who is ranked No. 16 at 141 pounds and carries a 6-0 season record after finishing sixth at the Reno Tournament of Champions (injury defaulted to sixth place). Jason McCroskey also has started strong with a 15-6 overall record and placed fourth (184) in Reno.</p>
<p><strong>THE SERIES: SUN DEVILS vs. MOCS</strong><br/>Arizona State and Chattanooga will meet on the mats for the first time Friday.</p>
<p><strong>HAVE WE MET BEFORE?</strong><br/>While the two teams have not clashed in a dual competition before, a pair of matches at the Reno Tournament of Champions pitted a Sun Devil and a Moc against one another with Arizona State wrestlers winning both matches. In the Round of 16 at 157 pounds, Bubba Jenkins won a 3-2 decision over Josh Condon to advance to the quarterfinals. The second match came in the third round of consolations at 174 pounds where Eric Starks pinned Levi Clemmons in 1:04 as part of Starks? seven consolation wins in a row en route to third place.</p>
<p><strong>SCOUTING: KENT STATE</strong><br/>The Golden Flashes enter the weekend with a No. 23 national ranking and a 4-4 record (0-0 MAC) after defeating Cleveland State, 33-3, on the road Tuesday night. Three wrestlers are ranked this week for Kent State, including No. 5 Dustin Kilgore at 197, No. 10 Nic Bedelyon at 125 and No. 17 Brendan Barlow at heavyweight.</p>
<p><strong>THE SERIES: SUN DEVILS vs. GOLDEN FLASHES</strong><br/>Arizona State and Kent State have not met on the mats and could do so for the first time this weekend.</p>
<p><strong>SCOUTING: RIDER</strong><br/>The Broncs are 3-3 overall (0-0 CAA) heading into a Wednesday night dual with visiting NC State and have not faced a common opponent to Arizona State. One Rider wrestler is ranked this week and that is No. 20 Jim Resnick at 165 pounds.</p>
<p><strong>THE SERIES: SUN DEVILS vs. BRONCS</strong><br/>Arizona State and Rider are tied, 1-1-0, in the all-time series with the Broncs winning the last meeting, 23-13, in the second round of the 2007 Virginia Duals. The Sun Devils won a 19-13 decision at the 1998 Reno Duals in the only other meeting of the two programs.</p>
<p><strong>QUICK RECAP: OKLAHOMA STATE</strong><br/>Arizona State dropped a 40-4 dual to visiting No. 2 Oklahoma State last Sunday as the Cowboys won 9-of-10 matches, including four in a row that produced six teams points each (two forfeits, two pins). The lone victory for the Sun Devils came at 125 pounds where No. 3 Anthony Robles scored an 11-0 major decision over No. 7 Jon Morrison. ASU was close in several other matches, including a pair of one-point decisions.</p>
<p><strong>ANOTHER RECORD</strong><br/>With that major decision victory on Sunday, Robles now has 74 career wins by bonus points (majors, techs and falls), taking over the top spot on the career charts from Steve Blackford. Robles? career, which has seen him win 101 matches, includes 18 major decisions, 32 technical falls and 24 falls. His technical fall total also is a career record at ASU.</p>
<p><strong>ROBLES ROLLING</strong><br/>Anthony Robles remained undefeated on the year at 15-0 with just five of those victories not coming via technical fall (two decisions, two major decisions and two falls). Overall in his nine wins by technical fall, Robles has outscored his opponents 145-4 and when including the four other non-falls, Robles holds a scoring advantage of 184-9 this year. The program?s record holder for career tech falls (32) and season tech falls (10), Robles is off to the best start of his career, surpassing the 10 in a row he opened last season with.</p>
<p><strong>CENTURY MAN</strong><br/>With his title in Reno, Robles not only remained undefeated on the season, but he also collected the 100th victory of his stellar career, moving to 100-23 all-time at Arizona State. Ranked No. 23 on the program?s all-time win list, Robles is three wins from moving into the Top 20 all-time with 103 wins, equalling Rod Severn, David Douglas and current head coach Shawn Charles for 19th all-time.</p>
<p><strong>COOPER GOLDEN</strong><br/>At the Las Vegas Invitational, heavyweight Levi Cooper was one win away from placing in the Top 8, missing out by one point. In Reno, Cooper made sure he placed and won all five of his matches to take his first collegiate title. Unseeded in the tournament, Cooper opened with a fall in 2:49 before winning four decisions in a row, including two over Pac-10 foes. In the final, Cooper took on Jeremy Johnson of Ohio, who was seeded fourth, and scored a 3-2 decision win for the crown. Cooper was the only unseeded wrestler to reach the final of a weight class in Reno.</p>
<p><strong>STARKS BOUNCES BACK</strong><br/>In Reno, Eric Starks opened the tournament with a loss by fall (4:06) to Andre Petrosky of North Carolina. Despite the loss, Starks bounced back and ripped off seven wins in a row, including three bonus-point victories, to finish third overall at 174 pounds, his first tournament placement of the season. The closest match he had in the consolations was a three-point decision (10-7) before defeating Nick Purdue of Ohio, 6-1, in the third-place match.</p>
<p><strong>TURNING THE CORNER</strong><br/>Jake Meredith is starting to get noticed, thanks in large part to his performance at the Las Vegas Invitational, where he finished eighth overall at 184 pounds with a 4-3 record, including an upset victory (3-1) over No. 18 Tommy Spellman of Virginia Tech to reach the medal rounds. Nationally ranked this week, Meredith?s lone losses came to a pair of nationally ranked foes, including one to No. 4 A.J. Kissel of Purdue and twice to No. 15 Luke Reburtus of Navy (a pair of 3-1 decisions). So far this year, Meredith is 10-5 overall.</p>
<p><strong>A LITTLE REVENGE</strong><br/>Just as Eric Starks avenged a dual loss to Victor Carazo (Grand Canyon) by defeating him in the final of the Fullerton Open at 174 pounds, Jake Meredith exacted a bit of revenge as well last week in a dual with CS Fullerton. At the Fullerton Open, Meredith reached the final and faced Todd Noel (CSUF) where he fell to the Titan, 5-3, to take second place. One week later, Meredith came out on top with a 5-0 decision to move to 1-0 in Pac-10 action, which will help with his seeding at the Pac-10 Championships later this season.</p>
<p><strong>QUICK WORK</strong><br/>Following their time in Reno, the Sun Devils have won 27 matches by fall with five of those coming in one minute or less, including a pin in 31 seconds by David Prado (133). Overall, 19-of-27 falls have come in the first period of action with 13-of-19 coming within the first two minutes of the start of the match. Currently, Prado?s pin in 31 seconds over Justin Solberg of North Dakota State in Reno stands as the fastest by a Sun Devil this season.</p>
<p><strong>AHEAD OF THE PAC(-10)</strong><br/>Since joining the Pac-10 Conference in time for the 1978-79 season, the Sun Devils have built a 29-4-1 all-time record in their first conference dual of the season. Arizona State is 13-0-1 in its last 14 Pac-10 openers with its last loss coming during the 1996-97 season in a 21-18 set back to CS Bakersfield in Tempe. ASU has won nine of its last 11 home Pac-10 openers including the 25-19 defeat of CS Fullerton earlier this season.</p>
<p><strong>PAC-10 PROSPERITY</strong><br/>Dating back to Arizona State joining the conference for the 1978-79 season, the Sun Devils have been one of 18 different schools that called the Pac-10 home with ASU and six others still competing (including Boise State, Cal Poly, CS Bakersfield, CS Fullerton, Oregon State and Stanford). Against current members of the Pac-10, ASU holds an 82-23-1 all-time record and stands 128-23-1 all-time when including all 17 teams that are/have been in the Pac-10.</p>
<p><strong>ALL-STAR WINS</strong><br/>Although the results won?t count toward their season and career records, both Anthony Robles and Bubba Jenkins dominated at the 45th NWCA All-Star Classic in Fresno, Calif., as the Sun Devil posted the only two wins by something other than a decision. First up was No. 3 Robles, who scored a 20-2 technical fall over No. 4 Zach Sanders (Minnesota) at 125 pounds. Then, Jenkins took to the mat at 157 pounds as the No. 6 Sun Devil upset No. 1 Adam Hall (Boise State) with a 12-4 major decision. Only three other matches contested saw a wrestler win by four or more points at the annual exhibition event.</p>
<p><strong>COPPER STATE COMPETITIONS</strong><br/>With the two wins on the opening day of the season, the Sun Devils improved to 64-9-0 all-time against teams from the state of Arizona and extended their winning streak to 44 in a row in the process. The last time Arizona State lost to a fellow Copper State school came on Feb. 13, 1973, when visiting Arizona won, 18-17. The Sun Devils also improved to 28-6-0 all-time in road duals inside the state after winning their 19th and 20th in a row.</p>
<p><strong>NEXT TIME OUT</strong><br/>Four duals await ASU next Saturday at the Lone Star Duals in Arlington, Texas, including meetings with Northern Colorado (10 a.m.), Air Force (noon), No. 22 American (4 p.m.) and Central Oklahoma (6 p.m.).</p>
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